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I've recently installed the Edimax HP-5103K AV500 Mini Powerline Adapter Starter Kit at my parents' place to connect their Bravia TV to the ADSL router in another room and I was quite happy with how easy it was to set the whole thing up.

The kit comes with everything you need to get started: two powerline network adapters, two network cables and some instructions.
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Even though the box had what appeared to be a European style plug, since I bought it in Australia it came with Australian plugs.

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I set the first device up at the router end. Once plugged in it powered up and showed that it had a LAN connection. The PLC light was still off at this point meaning it's not detected the second powerline device.

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After plugging in the second device at the TV end, the PLC light switched on and the TV was able to get a connection very quickly!

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When I connected these, I didn't use the yellow cross-over cable on both ends. The router end used the yellow cable but the TV end used a standard network cable. This seems to work just fine.

A nice feature of these devices is they go into sleep mode if there is no activity, so that saves some money on energy bills.
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I've not had time to run any speed tests on these but given how easy it was to set up I may be getting some for my own apartment soon and that's when I will run some more tests to see how well these actually perform.

-i

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